The 10-megapixel Olympus E-400 digital SLR harks back to the past with a diminutive design closely modeled on the Olympus OM-1.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Olympus E-400

Overall score:87%
Image Quality:85%


  • Dual memory card slots, compact body size, image sharpness and detail.


  • Lack of speed, slow recording times, small buffer, USB 1.1, position of right-hand strap lug, noise levels.


Olympus E-400 Review


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In terms of image quality we have few reservations about the E-400 and, though images are noisy, the non-aggressive processing delivers well-defined, detail-packed pictures rather than a ‘mushy mess’. However, a buffer that’s too small for continuous shooting, together with slow write times, limit it to more sedate photography.


AF Points:3-point AF
Cable Release:No
PC Socket:-
Max Flash Sync:-
Built-in Flash:Built in (GN10m@ISO100), hotshoe, rear, slow sync, fill, auto, forced, red eye reduction, ±2EV
DoF Prview:Yes
Colour Temp Control:7 steps (3000 - 7500 K)
White Balance Bracket:-7 / +7 in each R-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB and preset WB mode)
Colour Space:sRGB / Adobe RGB
Exposure Comp:+/-5 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Shutter Type:-
Focusing Modes:3-point AF with individual or automatic selection, single and continuous, AF Illuminator
Dust Reduction:Dust protection system (SSWF)
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Image Stabilisation Mode
Weight:375g (body only)
Dimensions:130 x 91 x 53mm
Live Mode:No
Connectivity:USB 1.1, DC in, Video out
Memory Card:CF I&II, xD Picture Card
Field of View:Reflex 95% viewing , 0.92x mag
Viewfinder Type:Eye-level single-lens view finder
White Balance:Manual, Auto, 6 presets, Kelvin scale
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous up to 3fps
Metering System:49-zone ESP, centre weighted average, spot, highlight spot, shadow spot
ISO:100-1600 in 1/3 stop increments
Exposure Modes:Auto, Program AE, Manual, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, 19 Sc,
Compression:JPEG 1/2.7 SHQ 1/8 HQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8 or 1/12 SQ
File Format:JPEG, RAW, RAW+ JPEG
Shutter Speeds:60-1/4000sec and Bulb
Lens Mount:Four Thirds
Focal Length Mag:2x
LCD:2.5in LCD, 215,000pixels
Output Size:3648 x 2736, 3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920SQ, 1600 x 1200SQ, 1280 x 960SQ, 1024 x 768SQ, 640 x 480SQ
Sensor:Four Thirds format CCD, 17.3x13mm; 10.8 million pixels total / 10.2 million effective
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features: Page 1
  3. 3. Features: Page 2
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value For Money
  6. 6. Verdict
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